Natural Grass Athletic Fields  It is becoming more common that high schools and parks and recreation departments are replacing their natural grass playing surfaces with synthetic fields. The reason is often due to the belief that synthetic surfaces are less expensive and easier to maintain than natural surfaces. Synthetic is not an effective replacement if lower maintenance costs are the goal. In addition, it is not a solution to natural grass fields if they are being replaced for aesthetic reasons because they are worn out in the center at the end of the season. The following resource provides a detailed look into the benefits, disadvantages, and cost effectiveness of maintaining natural grass fields for recreation. Read the full story...

Preparing a Field for Winter  Properly preparing your field for winter will give your turf the best chance to be ready for play in the spring. Developing and implementing a plan to combat extreme winter weather conditions will not only help your turf survive, but will also jumpstart spring growth and result in overall healthier turf throughout the year. By beginning your winter preparation at the end of the summer and continuing it throughout the fall, you will be on your way to managing an even better field next year. Whether you are managing cool or warm season grasses, the success of your field is largely dependent on how your field winters. Here are some tips that will help you put your field to bed for the winter and successfully wake up in the spring. Read the full story...

STMA Goes to Disney World  STMA’s annual conference is reinventing innovation for the sports turf industry! At the 2010 STMA Conference and Exhibition at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Conventions Center, Jan. 12-16, 2010, you will find a comprehensive educational program taught by respected academics and experienced peers. Read the full story...

Safety, Playability, Quality … and the Need for Efficiency  Van Cline, PhD, of The Toro Company provides analysis of modern turf field demands and shares his take on how today’s turf manufacturers must work towards providing products that are well-built, safe, and environmentally sustainable. Read the full story...










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